When Pink accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 MTV VMAs on Sunday night, she shared a story about what happened when her daughter Willow said, “Mama, I’m the ugliest girl I know.” During the speech, you’ll see Pink’s beautiful daughter and wonder the same thing as Pink did – where is this coming from? Pink’s speech to her daughter stands out as something we can all relate to. As parents, you can imagine how heartbreaking it would be to hear your child say such a thing. And maybe your child has said something like this. Pink, being the rock star that she is, responded in spectacular fashion. She didn’t respond right away. She went home and prepared a power-point presentation which launched a discussion with her daughter. Watch the video and see how Pink turns her acceptance speech into inspiration for all of us and how she encouraged her daughter to never change but instead to help others see “more kinds of beauty.”
When your son or daughter has disparaging words spoken to them, follow Pink’s lead. I totally relate to her response. When Pink says she thought, “Can I kick a six-year old’s ass?” I’m not going to lie – I’ve thought the same thing when my kids have dealt with others teasing or bullying them. Obviously, that’s the mama bear in me. But what I love is that Pink took the time to sit down with her daughter after she had to prepare (that power-point presentation – so brilliant). Pink reminds us that we are the best equipped to help our kids remember their value and to give them strength to show the world their very best. Thanks for the inspiration, Pink.